The joint development of a lightweight sports coupe between Subaru and Toyota has provided much rumour and speculation. While Toyota has shown its hand at every opportunity with its FT-86 concepts, much little is known about Subaru’s mysterious BRZ. But with both cars set for world premiers at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show, interest has reached fever pitch.
Up until now, Toyota has tantalized us with three versions of its RWD coupe, while Subaru has revealing only a transparent concept in Geneva and Frankfurt with very little details.
Now Subaru, which has performed most of the engineering work providing the 2.0-litre flat-four engine that will power both cars, has revealed some very interesting facts in a recent interview.
Apparently, despite sharing the same engine with the FT-86, Subaru’s different mapping of the ECU will allow the four cylinder to produce more than Toyota’s predicted 200 hp 150kW. Subaru went on to make claims that its BRZ will also have the lowest center of gravity of any car currently in production, thanks in part to the rear-wheel drive configuration which allows the lower positioning of the flat-four engine.
Now Subaru just needs to show us what the BRZ looks like. If it’s as pretty as Toyota’s FT-86 then the Japanese carmaker may be on to a winner.